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Looking back to 1948 with NT

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NT's 1948 coverage of the birth of the NHS

Our Health Service
Read about what Nursing Times thought of the advent of the NHS and why it believed nurses would be essential to its existence.

Towards a Real Health Service
Medical officer for health for Colchester John Kershaw looks at both praise and criticism of the NHS Act. See his thoughts on the benefits to patients, future role of hospital almoners, the loss of local control, changes to midwifery and the potential for team work.

The Opportunities Before the Nursing Profession Under the Image: National Health Service
A Portsmouth matron writes about the shortage of nurses, possible opportunities to face the profession and the role hospitals will play.

A nurse on a Regional Hospital Board
The NHS brought with it a new structure, including 14 Regional Hospital Boards. Learn about the structure and what it meant for one nurse chosen to sit on a board.

Community Health
The new NHS in pictures. NT shows nurses all of the existing services to have been brought under the NHS

The Passing of the Poor Laws
Article marking the end of the 300 plus years of the English Poor Laws. The NHS abolished the laws which were brought in two years after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1601 and laid down the public provision for the poor.

A Nurse Thinks About the Service
Read the thoughts of a health visitor on what the NHS means for the profession.

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